Major: Computer and Information Science
By the time he reached college, Josiah Cohn had already built his own computer and was the “tech guy” in his family.
As a result, he wasn’t interested in studying computer networks.
“I thought I knew a decent amount about computer hardware, so I chose to do programming because I wanted to do something with computers that I had basically no experience in,” he said. “I’ve realized over time that knowledge of computer hardware goes a bit deeper than just building and replacing components.”
Cohn selected College of DuPage after being named a Presidential Scholar, which includes full tuition and enrollment in the Honors program and Phi Theta Kappa. This was a big incentive, and he was happy to save the money.
“My family is not rich, and I am a full-time student,” he said. “The scholarship allowed me to focus more time on my studies.”
He also enjoyed meeting new people and expanding his friend circle.
“COD is unique in that there are so many diverse people from all walks of life,” he said. “I’ve met people from all across the world and found out many things I might have never known about other countries and people.
Cohn earned his Associate in Applied Science, graduating with high honors. Currently he is still at COD in the 3+1 program with Lewis University to earn his bachelor’s in Computer Science.
“I don’t think I’ll ever stop learning,” he said. “Maybe it’s hardwired into my brain, but seeking information is something that is like an impulse to me. In terms of a career, while I would like to be a musician, that’s unrealistic. My more attainable dream is to either go into computer support or computer programming, though lately I’ve thought more about becoming a tech journalist. As volatile a career as that is, I feel that my tech knowledge as well as my writing skills are well-suited for the job.”
Cohn’s biggest piece of advice for students is to fill out the FAFSA, which could potentially pay for an entire semester, including books. As for his own education, he knows how much he learned at COD.
“I had many amazing teachers who guided me to learn more about the world of computing,” he said. “A misconception people have about a community college like COD is that the education isn’t as quality as what might be found at a four-year private institution. The experience I’ve had at COD proved that wrong. Go to COD – you literally have nothing to lose and so much to gain.”